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FaZe Swagg reveals “meta” Type 100 loadout after huge damage buff

Top Warzone streamer FaZe Swagg has revealed the meta loadout for the Type 100, which is now incredibly strong thanks to huge damage buffs.

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Vanguard’s Type 100 SMG was buffed in Warzone’s December 16 update, and FaZe star Kris ‘Swagg’ Lamberson has revealed the “ridiculous” meta loadout you should be using.

The Type 100 SMG received a significant buff in the December 10 update, which gave it major damage buffs across all categories. This prompted top Warzone streamer FaZe Swagg to give it a try in Caldera, where he dropped a whopping 34 kills using it alongside the Bren.

Here’s why FaZe Swagg is so impressed with the Type 100 in Warzone, as well his best loadout to use with it.

Type 100 Warzone Pacific loadout

The Type 100 wasn’t a particularly bad gun in Warzone, but massive damage buffs made in early December catapulted it into the meta.

After using it, Swagg said that the Type 100 “is so viable and so good, it’s ridiculous.” He went on to say that “it’s definitely a meta SMG for sure now, no question.”

Here are the changes made to the Type 100, which prompted Swagg to give it a shot:

  • Maximum Damage increased to 28, up from 22
  • Mid Damage increased to 22, up from 17
  • Min Damage increased to 18, up from 15
  • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.4, down from 1.6

These changes have made it more effective at every range, turning it into the “ridiculous” beast that Swagg was so impressed with.

FaZe Swagg “meta” Type 100 loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Shiraishi 374mm
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Warubachi Skeletal 
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Quick

FaZe Swagg built his Type 100 for speed and close-range power, making it the perfect complement to the incredibly powerful Bren LMG.

The .30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags vastly increase the Type 100’s damage and range, and the Vital Perk makes it so that upper chest shots deal the same damage as headshots. Then, the Recoil Booster Muzzle increases its fire rate, and the Warubachi Skeletal Stock increases mobility.

You can also check out why Warzone devs Raven Software lowered Caldera’s player count.

Image Credit: Activision / Swagg

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Warzone players find perfect real-life alternative to Rebirth Island

Warzone players have found the perfect alternative to Rebirth Island if the developers were to add another Resurgence map.

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Hashima Island and Rebirth Island Warzone map

Warzone’s Rebirth Island offers a smaller and faster-paced alternative to Caldera, and players have now found the perfect real-life location if Raven Software were to ever create another Resurgence-based map. 

Rebirth Island, based on Blackout’s Alcatraz, hit Warzone with Black Ops Cold War’s integration in December 2020. Since then, it’s become an integral part of the CoD battle royale experience thanks to its smaller size and Resurgence mechanics. 

Players begged for Rebirth Island to stay after Warzone Pacific arrived, and it did, but now players have found the perfect location if Raven Software were to add another Resurgence-based map alongside Rebirth. 

Warzone Pacific Rebirth Island map

A Reddit user pointed out that Hashima Island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, “would make such a good” map to arrive alongside Rebirth Island as another fast-paced experience. 

This real-life island is famously featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall and bears a strong resemblance to Raven Software’s version of Alcatraz Island. 

Hashima is densely packed with buildings such as apartment complexes, so it would have a much more urban feel than Rebirth. Plus, because it’s off the coast of Japan, it could match Warzone Pacific’s WW2 aesthetic. 

Many players in the comments were excited at the prospect of a new Resurgence map – but not if it replaced Rebirth Island. 

User ‘tFearn117’ said that “ I really want them to add more resurgence maps; I love Rebirth, sure, but that’s pretty much all my squad wants, and that tiny map gets old. Surely, since it’s so much smaller than the main BR, they could add at least 2-3 more and rotate them.” 

However, there’s a wide-open area overlooked by the cliffs in the center, and players weren’t keen on how many tall rooftops there were. They said that the map would need to be reworked if it made its way to Warzone. Several buildings and landmarks were also added to Alcatraz Island when it became Rebirth, so there’s a strong chance this would happen. 

Neither Activision nor Raven Software have teased that another small map would come to Warzone, so this is purely speculation for now. But, if Warzone’s devs wanted to add another map, Hashima would be an excellent choice. 

You can also check out how to fix Warzone Pacific & Modern Warfare’s Status Goldflake error.

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How Call of Duty: Warzone’s meta changed over 2021

Call of Duty: Warzone’s weapon meta changed dramatically over 2021, so here’s a breakdown of each seasons’ meta.

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Price and Woods in Verdansk 84

Call of Duty: Warzone has seen several metas come and go over 2021, with Cold War weapons such as the DMR, FFAR 1, and Krig 6 dominating certain seasons. Here’s how Warzone’s meta changed over the course of 2021.

Choosing the best weapon possible is extremely important to winning Call of Duty: Warzone, but what weapon is best never remains consistent. Warzone developers Raven Software have spent 2021 buffing and nerfing tons of weapons, which has shifted the meta every time.

Thanks to website WZ Ranked, we can what weapons entered and left the meta across 2021’s Black Ops Cold War Seasons.

Here’s a breakdown of the weapon meta from Black Ops Cold War’s first season to Warzone Pacific, based on their popularity.

Warzone x Cold War Season 1 meta

Warzone DMR 14

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 brought all of Cold War’s weapons over to Warzone, where the DMR 14 almost immediately took over. The DMR had almost a 30% pick rate in the first quarter of Season 1 before it was nerfed to the ground on January 13.

During this time, the MAC-10 was the most popular SMG, consistently staying between a 15-20% pick rate. The MAC-10 then became the most popular weapon in Season 1, with Modern Warfare’s Kar98k regaining popularity after the DMR nerf.

Warzone x Cold War Season 2 meta

CoD Warzone FFAR 1

Cold War Season 2 saw the MAC-10 nerfed and the dreaded FFAR 1 meta arrive in Warzone. With an incredibly fast time-to-kill and minimal recoil, the FFAR had over a 20% pick rate and remained incredibly popular until the end of Season 2.

During this time, the Kar98k remained consistently popular (and does every single season), while the M16 saw a huge jump during the burst meta.

Warzone x Cold War Season 3 meta

Warzone CR-56 AMAX

Cold War Season 3 saw the original Warzone map nuked and Verdansk ’84 take over. This huge update nerfed several extremely popular weapons including the M16, making it one of the more balanced seasons of 2021.

The CR-56 AMAX saw a huge rise in popularity during this time, briefly hitting the same pick rate as the ever-popular Kar98k.

Warzone x Cold War Season 4 meta

best warzone fara 83 loadout

Raven Software nerfed the CR-56 AMAX towards the end of Season 3, which was met with significant backlash. However, to make up for it, the FARA 83 received a huge buff which made it the most popular weapon by a longshot.

Then after the FARA was nerfed, it was the Krig 6’s time to shine. Its low recoil made it the most popular weapon by a country mile, and it remained that way well into Season 5.

Warzone x Cold War Season 5 meta

Call of Duty Warzone Kar98k

The Season 5 meta didn’t change much from Season 4, but weapons such as the Bullfrog and Cold War AK-47 became some of the most popular.

The Krig 6 received a strong nerf during Season 5, which brought Modern Warfare’s Kar98k back to the top spot.

Warzone x Cold War Season 6 meta

Best Warzone Swiss K31 loadout

Warzone Season 6, the final season before Warzone Pacific, had the most balanced meta of any Cold War season.

After a full year of buffs, nerfs, and changes, it appeared that Raven Software had finally found the balance they were hoping to strike. The Swiss K31 dethroned the Kar98k to be the most popular weapon, and the OTs 9 and Cold War AK-47 became the most popular non-sniper weapons.

But, no weapon surpassed a 15% pick rate, so almost any weapon was viable during this time.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 meta

Operators fighting in Warzone Pacific

The Warzone Pacific Season 1 update saw a huge shift in the meta, as all 40 weapons from Vanguard’s multiplayer arrived.

The early days of this season saw all of Modern Warfare and Cold War’s weapons drop in popularity as Vanguard’s guns began to rise. Now, it’s the MP-40 and STG44 dominating the meta, while the Modern Warfare Kar98k kept its place as the most popular Sniper Rifle.

With the Warzone Pacific Season 1 Reloaded update coming soon, we expect this meta to shift again.


2021 saw many different weapons enter and leave the meta, while some fan-favorite picks remained there all the way through. Warzone Pacific’s seasons’ metas are likely to be equally as diverse, and we’re looking forward to seeing what guns come out on top.

You can also check out everything we know about Call of Duty 2022, which is expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare (2019) and bring even more modern-day weapons to Warzone.

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Do you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Warzone is a free-to-play on PlayStation and Xbox, find out whether you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to join the action.

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Warzone Pacific Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus

If you’re playing on one of the next-gen consoles, it’s highly likely you pay for their premium services. For those who don’t, do you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone Pacific? We’ve got everything you need to know.

Warzone is arguably the most popular battle royale out there, with millions of players dropping into Warzone Pacific’s Caldera every day to get their first-person shooter fix. Part of the reason the game is so popular is the fact that it’s free-to-play, meaning you don’t have to pay to jump into the action.

With Warzone Pacific Season 1, now is a great time to hop on Warzone, whether you’re a returning player or new to the game. With that in mind, do you need to buy PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone? We’ve got the answers.

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Warzone?

Warzone operators in Pacific Caldera

For those on either PS4 or PS5, the good news is that you do not need a PS Plus membership in order to enjoy free-to-play games like Warzone Pacific.

This means you are able to also play the game with friends, in a party chat, without subscribing to PS Plus.

PS Plus costs £50/$60 for a year’s subscription, which is required if you want to play multiplayer in games like Black Ops Cold War or Vanguard. But, if Warzone is the only game you’re interested in, you can save yourself some money.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Warzone players fighting in Caldera Gulag

Usually, you do not need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone, but there’s currently a bug in Warzone Pacific where you need to have Xbox Live Gold to play.

Warzone’s developers Raven Software are aware of the issue and have listed it on their Trello board as under investigation. The majority of the dev team are on their holiday break, so we expect this issue to be fixed in the New Year.

So, much like PlayStation’s system, Xbox users should soon be able to enjoy Warzone for free without paying for an online membership.

Before April 2021, Xbox players would have had to pay for Xbox Live to play any game on their system. Fortunately, Microsoft listened to the fans and followed in the footsteps of PlayStation, allowing players to enjoy free-to-play games without getting roped into a subscription.


So, there you have it, for those wondering whether they have to pay for these subscriptions on either Xbox or PlayStation just to play Warzone, the answer is no, you do not need Playstation Plus and you’re not supposed to need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone.

So, jump into the action and check out the game-breaking pay-to-win Warzone glitch lets you keep weapons & Perks after death.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision

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